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  • 15:05 Qipco Sussex Stakes 1m

  • (British Champions Series) (Group 1) £300,000 added 3yo+ 7 ran
  • Winner £170,130 2nd £64,500 3rd £32,280 4th £16,080
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 36.29s
  • Off time: 15:06:47

Jim Bolger thrilled with Dawn Approach ahead of Sussex Stakes

Last Updated: 30/07/13 11:17am

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Dawn Approach: Ready to face Toronado in the Sussex Stakes

Dawn Approach: Ready to face Toronado in the Sussex Stakes

Trainer Jim Bolger "couldn't be happier" with Dawn Approach as he looks to confirm his superiority over Toronado in a mouthwatering Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

Champion juvenile after an unbeaten six-race campaign, Dawn Approach made a brilliant three-year-old return with an awesome victory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, with Toronado only fourth.

Dawn Approach then suffered his first defeat with a spectacular collapse in the Investec Derby, in which he pulled fiercely for his head before weakening dramatically to trail home last of 12 runners.

His Epsom demise proved only a minor blip, however, as he roared back to form with a thrilling success in the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Richard Hannon's insistence Toronado was not at his best in the Rowley Mile Classic was justified as his charge got much closer to Dawn Approach at the Royal meeting, beaten just a short head in a pulsating finish.

The pair again do battle on the Sussex Downs, with Bolger in confident mood. He said: "I'd say he's a hard horse to get past. Kevin (Manning) has been riding him since April or May the previous year, so there's nothing he doesn't know about him at this stage.

"Two days after Ascot he was bucking and squealing. That's the sort he is and he didn't need a break. A week later he's put up about 10 kilos, so it was time to get after him again.

"I'd be hoping that he'll handle the track. We won't know until afterwards, but I'd be fairly optimistic that he'll handle it well. He has a great mind and a great constitution. He's a very sound horse and, of course, he has the ability to match.

"Since last week he's rated the best horse in the world, so he has to tick all the boxes to get in that position. I couldn't be happier with him."

Manning is similarly optimistic about Dawn Approach's chances.

He told At The Races: "I can't see the track being a problem. I think he's very adaptable. I wouldn't have any concerns on that part.

"I think they are the two horses (Dawn Approach and Toronado). I always say when you step into Group One level everything is a danger, but they are the top two horses and we will see what unfolds."

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